Ryan karowwrote a review of Black Diamond ATC-Pilot Belay Device on January 7, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my third Black Diamond belay device and couldn't be more satisfied. I previously used the ATC Guide and always wanted a auto-braking or assisted braking device. The ATC Pilot is by far my favorite device. It's easy to use and is just like a regular ATC but the lowering is a little bit different. When belaying lead it takes a little getting used to how to give out slack and can be a little weird at first. However, after a couple of climbs it becomes really easy. I found that the device locks pretty quick and you always need to pull up on the rubber hold to pay out any slack. My only two complaints are pretty small. First, the plastic at the bottom of the device feels very thin and I feel like it may break if someone stepped on it. . I think the device is probably built a lot stronger than it looks and wouldn't give out but It still feels a really thin. Secondly, I find lowering to be either very fast or extremely slow, it's very hard to regulate in my opinion.
All in all would recommend for any sport or gym climber. Not for belaying a second though.